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Webinar: Strategic purchasing for universal health coverage: theory and practice
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When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
8:00 AM ET/12:00 PM GMT/1:00 PM CET
Where: Webinar/Online
Presenter: Inke Mathauer; Gemini Mtei; Ahmed Khalifa, Elina Dale
Contact: iHEA

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Strategic purchasing for universal health coverage: theory and practice 

Presented by the iHEA Financing for Universal Health Coverage SIG


Objectives of the webinar:

  • To understand the importance of strategic purchasing for UHC
  • To learn about key elements of strategic purchasing
  • To illustrate how countries have moved towards strategic purchasing in practical ways


1.      “Purchasing health services for universal health coverage: how to make it more strategic”

Inke Mathauer, PhD, Senior Health Financing Specialist, WHO – Geneva

2.      “Direct Health Facility Financing as a practical approach for strengthening strategic purchasing in Tanzania”

Gemini Mtei, PhD, Senior Finance Team Lead, Public Sector Systems Strengthening (PS3) Project/USAID, United Republic of Tanzania 

3.      ”Implementing the UHI law of Egypt: key issues of strategic purchasing and its governance arrangements?”

Ahmed Khalifa, Health Economist, WHO CO in Egypt

4.      Q &A (30 min)

Elina Dale, PhD, Health Financing Technical Officer, WHO – Geneva


Inke Mathauer

Inke Mathauer is a senior health financing specialist, with 19 years of work experience. She works at WHO in the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing in Geneva since 2007. Her work involves country technical support and policy advice, conceptual work to synthesize evidence on what works for UHC, and capacity strengthening activities. Core areas of work include strategic purchasing and payment systems, governance arrangements for purchasing, and options to extend health coverage to people working in the informal sector. Prior to joining WHO, she worked for 5 years for the German International Cooperation (GIZ). In Kenya, she headed the quality management and health financing GIZ programme activities and provided policy and technical advice to the Ministry of Health and the National Hospital Insurance Fund. Inke has also undertaken several consultancies for the World Bank. In the mid 1990s, she worked several years in Benin and Uganda at village and district levels. Inke holds a MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics.

Gemini Joseph Mtei

Dr. Gemini Joseph Mtei is an Economist working as a Finance Team lead for the Public sector Systems Strengthening (PS3) project funded by the USAID and implemented by the Abt Associate Inc in Tanzania. He is coordinating implementation of interventions to improve public financing systems including Strategic purchasing, budgeting, planning and procurement and financial management to improve service delivery. He has more than 10 years research experience in the areas of health care financing and social protection, including assessment of equity in health care financing and access to health care services; assessment of financial risk protection;  health insurance regulations and overall assessment of progress towards UHC. He has also been engaged in a number of consultancies related to health care financing and financial risk protection. Gemini has also been actively supporting the government to conduct resource tracking for the past 12 years. He is an active member of the Tanzania Health Financing Technical Working Group and also a member of other professional organizations including Eonomic Society of Tanzania (EST), International Health Economics Association (iHEA), African Health Economic Association (AfHEA) and Health Systems Global (HSG).

Ahmed Khalifa

Ahmed Yehia Khalifa is a health economist at the World Health Organization Country Office in Egypt. He holds a MSc in Health Economics from Heidelberg University in Germany. His recent work focuses on health financing system review, particularly related to strategic purchasing in the context of the new Universal Health Insurance Law in Egypt. Ahmed works on several projects to generate evidence on key health financing indicators to inform and monitor national policies, such as assessment of financial risk protection indicators, national health accounts, costing of hospital and primary health care centers.

Elina Dale

Elina Dale is a health financing specialist with ten years of experience in design and implementation of health system strengthening reforms, policy analysis, and research in global health. She joined WHO, Geneva in late 2014 as a Technical Officer in Health Financing Policy Unit where she works primarily on health financing policy issues in the area strategic purchasing and public financial management. Prior to joining WHO in late 2014, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of Internal Health, where she also completed her PhD. Her research at Hopkins focused on performance-based financing, job satisfaction and motivation, quality of care, and evidence-based policy-making. Prior to starting her PhD, Elina worked at the Health Policy Analysis Unit under the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic. 

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